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The Way Toward Wisdom: An Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Introduction to Metaphysics
Working from a realist Thomistic epistemology, Ashley asserts that we must begin our search for wisdom in the natural sciences; only then, he believes, can we ensure that our claims about immaterial and invisible things are rooted in reliable experience of the material. Any attempt to share wisdom, he insists, must derive from a context that is both interdisciplinary and i ...more
Hardcover, 640 pages
Published July 31st 2006 by University of Notre Dame Press
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In his book, The Way Toward Wisdom: An Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Introduction to Metaphysics, Dr. Benedict M. Ashley, O.P., advocates for a postmodern revival of metaphysics as the only mediating discipline that can facilitate dialogue between material and spiritual worldviews and among specialized academic disciplines. He first notes the pressing need for such a recovery by giving historical and typological accounts of the philosophical and religious origins of today's worldwide secul ...more
After having grounded myself—such as with William A. Wallace, O.P.'s The Modeling of Nature: Philosophy of Science and Philosophy of Nature in Synthesis —in the River Forest / Aristotelean-Thomism epistemology that all intellectual knowledge comes through the senses, this book, my first on Metascience (more ambiguously called "metaphysics"), was a natural continuation and excellent introduction. Only via natural science can one come to understand Metascience. Metascience is becoming more necess ...more